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Live Free or Die (The Granite State Mysteries Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Jessie Crockett
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (282 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Life in tiny Winslow Falls, New Hampshire is pretty darn good until an arsonist decides to ruin everyone’s Christmas.
The way volunteer fire chief Gwen Fifield sees it, her life in rural New Hampshire is as good as it can be. Sure, she’s gained twenty pounds and her property taxes have skyrocketed, but her basement didn’t flood this year and the general store started delivering pizza.
All things considered, Gwen’s got no complaints….that is until she finds a body sizzled like a sausage in the smoldering remains of the Winslow Falls museum.
When an artifact from the museum is traced to an immigrant family, most local residents are quick to blame the outsiders. But clues from the past convince Gwen that the town she’s always trusted is harboring a home-grown murderer.


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About the Author

A nearly life-long resident of the Granite State, Jessie naturally adores black flies, 98% humidity, killing frosts in August and snow banks taller than the average grandmother.
When not working on her next murderous adventure she enthusiastically putters in her greenhouse, designs bento lunches and throws parties. She delights in mentoring young writers at local schools.
Jessie lives with her dark and mysterious husband and exuberant children in a village so small most other New Hampshire residents have never heard of it.

Product Details

  • File Size: 368 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Mainly Murder Press (August 15, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0041T59HU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,306 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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157 of 161 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wicked sharp humor March 2, 2011
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I read sometimes 1 book a day. I never do reviews on Amazon.
However I loved this book and really want to plug it for the author. (Whom I have never heard of, or met)
It had wicked sharp humor, razor sharp sarcasm, it was a little chickish (long on love interest but not overly so. I am a guy so take that in to account).

I loved the humor, I was laughing out loud every other page. Any book that makes me laugh 100x a day is a winner! It is like your funniest friend and you laughing over drinks all day long.

Other than the humor the character development was deep and rich. I am looking forward to the next book.
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136 of 143 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outa the pahk! October 5, 2010
Format:Paperback
Let's get one thing out the way right off: Jessie is a friend. Which makes writing a critique tough: I don't want to be too tough and discourage her and wreck a friendship. But I don't want to write a puff piece either. As we say in New England, I'm neithah hee-ah nor they-ah.

That said, I got a real big kick out of "Live Free or Die." Set in the quintessential New Hampshire small town, it tells the story of a mysterious murder in the town museum. After the fire chief is taken away following an untimely a heart attack, our heroine, Gwen Fifield, the youngish, widowed deputy fire chief, is tagged with solving the crime. She must rely on a crop of local yokels and biddies. The sudden appearance of Hugh (huge?) Larsen -- a handsome, gigantic, red-bearded state fire marshall -- promises to bring some heat into her frosty social life.

"Live Free or Die" is fun. Like an episode of "Murder She Wrote," suspects and red herrings abound. There are strange clues; the mysterious visit of a former US president; a connection to the Know Nothing Party; old stamps. Jessie's strength is clearly in plotting - I never knew what was going to happen next, yet the intricate plot hung together like a sturdy old afghan. Aside from Gwen and Hugh, and maybe Gwen's curvaceous, meddling sister, the small town characters were more Mayberry than Fargo. That might or might not float your boat. But there were enough scenes of horror, romance and intrigue to offset these comic touches.

But all I can say to Jessie is "Bravo!" I look forward to reading her future work!
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66 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Look out Sue Grafton January 2, 2011
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While searching for free books on my Kindle, I stumbled across `Live Free or Die" . Then proceeded to read the book in a weekend punctuated by putting away Christmas decorations and going metal detecting with my son. As soon as I finished I search for another Jessie Crockett book only to find this is the only one. Yikes - What becomes of Gwen? Does she give up her sports bra for better foundational support? Does Hugh convince her to keep her red hair to match his? Will Augusta stay in Winslow Falls??? Please keep the "Granite State Mysteries" alive. An excellent read and a real treasure to find.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait for another Granite State mystery March 1, 2011
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Just having purchased my Kindle, I was looking to stock it with some inexpensive books and found this as a recommendation. It's one of those books that grabs you on the first page and doesn't let go. The first thing I did when I finished was to check the Amazon for another book by this author and felt really let down that this was the only one. I hope it will be the first of a long series.

Needless to say, I will be looking forward with great anticipation to another Granite State mystery.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Competent writing March 29, 2011
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This is a mixed bag--I enjoyed reading it most of the time, but at other times I got annoyed at the lack of depth in secondary characters and by the one-dimensional stereotypes masquerading as supporting characters. As one reviewer mentioned, the police chief is completely unbelievable, and there are far too many stereotypical hicks. And the use of the "immigrants" as handy villains because everyone in town is an ignorant bigot (except for our heroine, of course) seems very contrived. And the real villain is so obvious that it's kind of a relief when she's exposed because we know that it's only a matter of time before it happens.

I almost never got the feeling that I was reading a mystery here. Now and then a new clue would pop up, but for the most part I felt more that I was reading about the everyday life of the protagonist, and there just happened to be some fires and murders happening.

The author has a friendly, relaxed voice and a good sense of humor, and the prose flows quite well. When it was all over, though, it really didn't matter to me. Everything turned out just as it seemed it would, with no real surprises anywhere, and no feeling that I wouldn't be seeing characters I really cared about anymore. For a buck, it's a good read on a rainy day or two, kind of like a bowl of oatmeal in the winter--warm and comfortable and a bit filling, but nothing extra at all.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well done.... March 7, 2011
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One of the joys of owning a Kindle is the discovery of new authors, some of them self-published. Another joy is the occasional find: a good storyteller with a story to tell. And the last joy: sometimes these terrific reads are offered at a very affordable price. Anytime I can read a decent book for less than half the price of a coffee at Paybucks, it's a good day....

This is neat little mystery set in a small New Hampshire town where the protagonist serves as the town's assistant fire chief and postmistress. The plot centers around a series of suspicious fires, which leads to a death, and in a small town, death is big news. This results in the usual amount of speculation and it is what makes this mystery all the more fascinating: the fact that the author makes us feel so intimate with each possible suspect. There are some laughs along the way, especially anytime the police chief is involved. Nicely done, and please, keep 'em coming......
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Granite State Mystery Keeps Reader Engaged
This was a book that kept me engaged and reading. I enjoyed the story as well as the romance and setting.
Published 3 days ago by J. A. Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this mystery
I really enjoyed this mystery. It was a fun read and I hope there will be more adventures to come with Gwen and company!
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute story
This was a cute story. I wasn't expecting the killer to be who he was so that surprised me. I liked the connection between Hugh and Gwen, it was genuine and it I was happy she had... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Domonique E. Burke
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it. Just a good solid love story
REFRESHING! Loved it. Just a good solid love story. I tell you I felt like I knew that little town & its people. Read more
Published 3 months ago by K. Barranti
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read!
Well done. Characters realistic and plot moves well.
Published 3 months ago by lynnsmom
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant surprise
I am happy I bought this book. I enjoyed the characters and the plot. I would recommend this book to cozy mystery lovers.
Published 3 months ago by Beatrice
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
wonderful read
Published 3 months ago by B. Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed Live Free Or Die, very much.
I enjoyed it very much. I had never read any of Jessie Crockett's books before but I have ordered two more since I finished Live Free Or Die. I hope they are as good!
Published 4 months ago by Karen Dimock
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay But Could Have Been Better
Typical of most cozy mysteries. At least the "heroine" is more likeable than in the other Crockett I've read. Read more
Published 4 months ago by C. Brown
1.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
As a new Englander, I chose this book as an easy mystery. But I found I really enjoyed the characters and interactions. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Lyn B
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As a nearly life-long resident of the Granite State, Jessie naturally adores black flies, 98% humidity, killing frosts in August and snow banks taller than the average grandmother. When not working on her next murderous adventure she enthusiastically combs the beach, designs bento lunches and throws parties. She delights in mentoring young writers at a local school. Jessie lives with her dark and mysterious husband and exuberant children in a village so small many other New Hampshire residents have never heard of it. Her debut novel, LIVE FREE OR DIE, was the 2011 winner of the Daphne du Maurier Award, Mainstream Mystery Division.

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